“Do not lie to one another.” Col. 3:9
A minister told his congregation, "Next week I plan to preach about the sin of lying. To help you understand my sermon, I want you all to read Mark 17." The following Sunday, as he prepared to deliver his sermon, the minister asked for a show of hands. He wanted to know how many had read Mark 17. Every hand went up. The minister smiled and said, "Mark has only 16 chapters. I will now proceed with my sermon on the sin of lying."
We talk about “white” lies and “stretching the truth”. I wonder if we even consider honesty as one of our core values in society. We see government leaders, CEOs, and even pastors being caught in lies. Today, lying is accepted in many circles as just a part of life. It can quickly become a habit that can lead one to not even know what is true any longer.
Paul recalls the 9th commandment for the church at Colossae. He tells them “do not lie to one another” because you are different now. You have taken off the old self and put on the new. You are different, so act different! Don’t be like everyone else. “Because everyone else does” doesn’t cut it any longer.
We have to be able to count on and trust each other. Satan is “the father of lies” (John 8:44). He wants to twist and shade the truth and loves to see us do the same. We just simply have to be honest and tell the truth to each other. Remember, we are all one body.
Pray that God will continue to renew our minds in the area of telling the truth to others.